It’s back to school time! Young people will be filling the halls of high schools and colleges before you know it. Here are some tips to keep you safe during this exciting time. Getting where you are going . . . safely.
After a year of isolation and canceled plans, you may be itching to travel. If you are taking any long trips this summer, especially if you plan to travel abroad, there may be more preparation involved. These are just a few recommendations to help get you started on your summer plans.
Whether or not you care to admit it, there is no denying that non-surgical cosmetic procedures are becoming increasingly popular for a good reason. The good news is that the body contouring industry is ever-changing and advancing and has made tremendous strides.
May 27 is National Sunscreen Day, and summer is practically here already! With daylight savings time comes an even greater need to protect your skin. If we have met, you know how big I am on sunscreen. It’s so important!
Preventing STDs may sound like a no-brainer, but STDs are more common than you might realize. People do not walk around with a scarlet letter indicating they have chlamydia, herpes, or HIV. The reality is that people often have no signs or symptoms that they have an STD making transmission easy.
Unlike males, females do not have to reach orgasm during intercourse in order to procreate. Women also seem to sometimes have a harder time reaching orgasm, if they do at all. Studies show that with intercourse alone women reach orgasm only about 51% of the time, compared to men who reach orgasm 96% of the time. Now, that just isn’t fair! So, what can be done about this?
In light of our ongoing struggle with Covid-19, it is important to identify patients with increased cardiovascular (CV) disease risk. It is well-known that people with underlying conditions like obesity, hypertension, chronic lung disease, diabetes, or a history of cardiovascular disease are especially affected by complications from Covid-19.
The thyroid is part of the endocrine system, a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate many vital functions in your body. In our office, we screen for thyroid dysfunction at routine annual exams and when patients complain of symptoms associated with thyroid dysfunction.
The holidays, as exciting as they are, can be very stressful. Covid-19 has added another level of stress because many want to see their friends and family, but want to do it safely. Others are looking for creative ways to find a connection during the holidays via zoom or drive-by mingling.
Is it possible to enjoy the holidays during the Covid-19 pandemic? We think that with extra precautions, you can minimize your risk of flu and Covid-19.
Recently I was enjoying my latest edition of Southern Living magazine. As I was thumbing through the recipes, gardening section, and the model home layout it occurred to me that I had seen THREE advertisements for incontinence pads. Are we still thinking this is something normal? ….that childbirth and aging cause us to “tinkle” when we laugh, sneeze or get a strong urge?
Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women with lung cancer being the number one killer. The incidence of breast cancer diagnosis varies by age group but, an average of 1/9 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 2.6% of women will die from breast cancer per the American Cancer Society. The good news is that women age 50 and older continue to see the death rate decrease.
Dyspareunia is genital pain that occurs before, during or after sexual intercourse. Patients may experience stinging or burning or feel deep pelvic pain. Many women are uncomfortable discussing this with their healthcare provider, but I encourage women to talk about it because it is quite common and can often be treated.
One of the most exciting and challenging times in a woman’s life is when she is expecting a baby. There are so many emotions and decisions to make during that time. One of the most important decisions is whether or not to breastfeed. Breastfeeding can be stressful but is also extremely rewarding.
Dementia is an increasing problem and Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia in
older adults, accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases. It is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in
the aging population.
Endometriosis affects 10-14% of women and is characterized by endometrial implants outside the uterus lining. These are often painful, associated with inflammation, and can result in scarring/adhesive disease.
Adopting a low-inflammatory and low-processed food diet, exercising most days of the week, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce cardiovascular inflammation. Schedule an appointment to discuss your risk factors for heart disease and appropriate screening tests. We are committed to keeping our patients healthy and want to help you reduce your chance of heart disease.
Most women experience discomfort when Aunt Flo comes to visit. However, there are varying degrees of pain associated with menstruating, as it affects women differently depending on the symptoms and causes. Heavy menstruation and severe cramps not alleviated by a healthy lifestyle and use of over-the-counter pain relievers should be evaluated further by a specialist.
There are conditions that can affect the bladder – pregnancy and childbirth, trauma, prolapse of pelvic organs, menopause, infections, inflammation, and cancer. It is important to see your healthcare provider if you experience blood in the urine, burning with urination, urinary urgency or frequency, difficulty emptying, urinary incontinence or pelvic pain.
Itching down below isn’t always yeast. Vulvar itching is one of the main symptoms of lichen sclerosus. Lichen sclerosus (LSA) is a skin condition that affects the genital and anal areas but can occur on the upper body, breasts, and upper arms.
Hepatitis is a virus. I will speak specifically about Hepatitis A, B, and C. The symptoms can include abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite, nausea/vomiting, joint pain, jaundice, and gray-colored stools.
We know there is a very strong mind-body connection. Many things that are good for the heart and body are also very good for the brain. Here is a list of practices that can keep your brain in tip tops shape.
Everyone is at risk of skin cancer – regardless of age, gender or race. Your skin needs protectionfrom the sun in order to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are attributable to UV exposure.
April is STD awareness month. What are STD’s? They are infections that are transmitted through sexual acts. Most people don’t realize that this includes oral sex. There are ways to prevent the spread of STD’s during oral sex.
Whether you've just had a baby or are experiencing menopause, all women know the issues that come along with either of those scenarios. Votiva is a device designed to treat the issues many women experience after having children or with menopause.
The leading cause of death for men and women in the United States is heart disease. Heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 deaths annually. If you are interested in discussing your risk for heart disease then schedule an appointment or mention it at your next annual.
We know that many patients have questions about whether an annual visit is needed yearly. Dr. Jukes and her team know that a yearly Well Women Exam is the foundation for wellness, disease identification, and management, as well as a key component to promoting healthy life. Having a yearly gynecological exam is an important aspect of responsible preventative healthcare and ensures your physical and reproductive well-being.
November is American Diabetes Month- so it's a great time to remind our patients of the importance of your annual bloodwork. Your annual bloodwork will measure your fasting glucose levels. A high level of fasting [READ MORE]
October is breast cancer awareness month and a good time for all of us to consider risk factors for developing breast cancer. Most are familiar with the risk factors related to family and certain gene mutations (BRCA), but it’s important to also consider lifestyle-related risk factors. These are important because these are the risk factors you can do something about. We call these risk factors, modifiable. They differ from the non-modifiable risk factors like age and genetics.
Kelly's bra has been selected for the Art Bra Austin for Breast Cancer Resource Center. Art Bra® Austin is a fully-costumed, professionally produced runway show and auction that raises funds to support local women who have been affected by breast cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection, and treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with one of the many forms of breast cancer. More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from the disease.
Over the past 40 years, the number of deaths per year from cervical cancer has declined by 50 percent. According to the American Cancer Society, the decrease in mortality is due in large part to the higher frequency of pap smears, which started in the ’70s.
In my 12 plus years of caring for women, I have heard every excuse in the book for not exercising…. “I don’t have time”, “I have kids”, “I can’t afford a gym”, “I don’t know where to start”, etc. Weight is a concern for many of my patients. Excess weight also increases risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I am a firm believer in healthy diet and exercise, both to lose weight and to maintain a healthy weight.
According to the National Cancer Institute the BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that are responsible for producing tumor suppressor proteins. When there is a mutation in one of these genes it increases the chance that DNA damage isn’t repaired properly.
Melanoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States and the deadliest form of skin cancer. Rates of melanoma are rising rapidly, especially in younger people. In fact, cases of melanoma have tripled in the last 30 years, at a time when cancer rates for other common cancers have declined.
By “Vaginal Kung Fu” Allure and their experts mean hoisting rocks with pelvic floor muscles. That does sound less sexy, doesn’t it? I am using Kung Fu in the title for this post, even though it pains me more than slightly, so this piece appears in searches as this technique is unnecessary and potentially harmful.
Food acts as medicine, says Leder Scholar One quarter of Baltimore residents don't have easy access to stores stocking healthy foods, and empty calories from sugar and solid fats make up 40% of the daily [READ MORE]
Many women are surprised to learn that their ability to conceive decreases with age. According to the CDC “A women’s chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after 30”. ACOG (The American College [READ MORE]
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle wasting and weakness. It is the most common genetic cause of infant death, and the carrier frequency is about 1 [READ MORE]
February makes us think about Hallmark cards, flowers, and heart shaped boxes of chocolate. But let’s take a minute to think about HEART Disease in women. Heart Attack Signs in Women Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, [READ MORE]
This brief questionnaire will help you determine whether you should be further evaluated for either Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome or Lynch syndrome. On average, the quiz takes less than 1 minute to complete. Did [READ MORE]
Epidemiological study cohorts have shown a gradual increase in the worldwide incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Based on the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014, 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes aged 20 years or older (12.3% of the adult population), and 1 in 4 do not know it.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan [READ MORE]
We have all experienced insomnia - the inability to fall asleep or the inability to stay asleep. Occasional situational insomnia related to stress is common. However, chronic poor sleep quality can impact your ability to [READ MORE]
This year in the United States, more than 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed, and approximately 14,000 women will die of the disease.3 About one in 75 women will get a diagnosis [READ MORE]
Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women's cancers. Each year, approximately 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2014, approximately 14,270 women will die in the United States from this [READ MORE]
Public Health Alert Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected species mosquito. The most common symptoms are fever, [READ MORE]
Have you experienced changes in your vaginal health since menopause? Did you know that over 40% of post-menopausal women experience symptoms such as dryness, itching, burning, painful urination or pain during intercourse? It’s OK to [READ MORE]
Painful intercourse, or dyspareunia is a common complaint of women prior to, during and after menopause. It is caused by a decrease in estrogen levels in the body. The vaginal tissues really love estrogen. During [READ MORE]
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology more than 8,500 people will be diagnosed with skin cancer each day. Melanoma is the [READ MORE]
After menopause, when estrogen levels decline, many women experience changes that can really affect quality of life. And, studies show that only 25% of women seek help from their doctor. Did you know that there [READ MORE]
Event Details Location: Camp Mabry Date: 4/9/2016 Check-in Festival Start: 10:00AM Walk Start: 11:00AM Walk Coordinator: Derek Dodson [email protected] Phone: 817-629-3832 Read More about local Hero, Maggie Jukes
Preventing STDs may sound like a no brainer but STDs are more common than you realize. People do not walk around with a scarlet letter indicating they have chlamydia, herpes or HIV. The reality is [READ MORE]
The American Heart Association is committed to helping people live longer, healthier lives, and one way to do that is teaching people how to eat a healthier, more nutritious diet. Many people in the United [READ MORE]
Howdy! My name is Maggie Jukes, I am a 17-year-old Senior at Lake Travis High School in Lakeway, Texas. I am both honored & excited to be named the Central Texas Honored Hero! I was officially diagnosed [READ MORE]
Heart Month has arrived! It is time to raise awareness for cardiovascular health! To raise awareness and to keep you informed about recent developments in cardiovascular health, we’ve prepared for you an easy-to-follow info sheet!
Austin’s Top Doctors 2020 In our most comprehensive list yet, we celebrate 500 of Austin’s best physicians, in a range of 57 specialties. Choosing the right doctor is one of the most valuable investments you [READ MORE]
Happy Thanksgiving! Want to be Thankful your weight didn’t go up this Thanksgiving? Follow these tips to help you stay on program! Preparation: Failure to plan is planning to fail! Being prepared with your foods [READ MORE]
November is American Diabetes Month, which is an annual campaign that focuses on increasing awareness and focusing attention on the issues surrounding diabetes. Facts & Stats  Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the [READ MORE]
breast cancer awareness Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. In 2015, an estimated 231,840 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. [READ MORE]
Facts Ovarian Cancer is the fifth leading cause of death among women in the United States and is the most deadly of the gynecologic cancers. It is estimated that in 2015, approximately 22,000 and women [READ MORE]
Worldwide, five million people live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). World IBD Day is marked on 19 May each year. World IBD Day is led by patient [READ MORE]
Have your healthy New Year's habits already begun to fade? Recharge your resolutions during National Nutrition Month® with help from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In celebration of the 2015 National Nutrition Month theme, [READ MORE]
In spite of the billions of dollars spent on candy, cards, flowers and more elaborate Valentine’s gifts, most guys can’t seem to solve the conundrum of what women really want from sex. It’s not for [READ MORE]
We are proud to share with you a press release that has been distributed to various media outlets. The press release presents the relationship between excess weight and increased risk of heart disease and other [READ MORE]
The Acessa procedure is a new minimally-invasive,same-day (outpatient) therapy for fibroids. It uses a technology called radiofrequency ablation.Each fibroid is destroyed by applying energy through a small needle array. The surrounding normal uterine tissue is [READ MORE]
The bedroom has become a very unhappy place. According to medical experts, the libidos of both men and women are lackluster, at best. This depressing problem has many causes but if a recent survey held [READ MORE]
New Research: Men are Twice As Likely to Die From the Effects of Osteoporosis Once thought to be a disease primarily affecting post-menopausal women, osteoporosis is now a serious concern for men’s health. In a [READ MORE]
Screening and Early Detection Regular screening tests (along with follow-up tests and treatment if diagnosed) reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer. After all, screening tests can find breast cancer early, when the chances [READ MORE]
All those pink ribbons, t-shirts, tennis shoes people wear during the month of October is in celebration of BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! No one EVER wants to be diagnosed with breast cancer. And it certainly [READ MORE]
What do pain, infertility, scar-tissue formation, adhesions and bowel problems have in common? They are all things that can be caused by endometriosis, a condition that affects at least 6.3 million women and girls in [READ MORE]
Sleeping later than normal throws your body off schedule and will make it harder to fall asleep tonight, perpetuating the problem. No matter how tempting it feels to huddle under the blankets, your body won't [READ MORE]
Oral Contraceptives (Birth Control Pills) Not only are oral contraceptives an excellent form of contraception (birth control), but there are MANY additional health benefits! Is the pill safe? Since the 1950’s women have used [READ MORE]
What You Need to Know By Jill Case What do pain, infertility, scar tissue formation, adhesions, and bowel problems have in common? They are all things that can be caused by endometriosis, a condition that [READ MORE]
Researchers study weight loss to reduce breast cancer Research shows that excess weight increases the risk of recurrence and death. Fat cells are a source of estrogen, a hormone that fuels breast cancer in women [READ MORE]
The holidays are so busy that many of us neglect our own health at the expense of others. This year give YOURSELF the gift of health maintenance. Every woman needs an ANNUAL WELL WOMAN EXAM. [READ MORE]
All those pink ribbons, t-shirts, tennis shoes people wear during the month of October is in celebration of BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! No one ever wants to be diagnosed with breast cancer. And it certainly [READ MORE]
Ever notice that advertisements for ‘anti-aging’ beauty products and procedures are obsessed with collagen? Strong collagen is the foundation for youthful-looking, resilient skin! Collagen makes up 75% of our skin and it actually starts [READ MORE]
Come hear how you can have fallbladder, hysterectomy and other gynecological surgery through one small incision in your belly button. Dr. Jukes will be speaking from 7pm – 8pm at the Austonian Club on Wednesday, [READ MORE]
Is intercourse painful because of decreased lubrication? Do you wonder why your "oasis" has turned into the Sahara Desert? If you are asking yourself these questions, you are likely experiencing Atrophic Vaginitis. This condition occurs [READ MORE]
The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center recently became one of the first facilities in the nation to perform a hysterectomy using a new single-site platform for robotic surgery. [READ MORE]
A special event Presented by Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center. featured speaker, Rick Low, M.D., F.A.C.S. WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th 5:30-7PM WHERE: The Austonian Club 200 Congress Avenue, [READ MORE]
SottoPelle® Therapy can restore healthy hormone levels for both women and men to help them feel healthy, vibrant and sexy again. SottoPelle® Therapy is a unique hormone replacement method that delivers a customized amount of [READ MORE]